Attractions near Oxford


Blenheim Palace 

Set in the Oxfordshire Cotswold’s, Blenheim Palace is considered to be one of the finest baroque houses in the country, a gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his famous victory over the French at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704.  Inside the Palace can be found a superb collection of tapestries, paintings, porcelain and furniture in the magnificent State Rooms.

Sir Winston Churchill was born in the Palace in 1874 and a permanent exhibition about him is located next to his birth room – both are included in the Palace tour. He is buried in a simple grave in the nearby church at Bladon. A separate exhibition, ‘Churchills’ Destiny – the story of two great war leaders’, celebrates the achievements of Winston and his great hero and ancestor, John Churchill.

A State-of-the-art visitor experience is open in the heart of the Palace called ‘Blenheim Palace: the Untold Story’, 300 years of exciting tales at Blenheim Palace are brought to life through animatronic figures and innovative film and projection technology, seen through the eyes of the servants.

Surrounding the Palace are over 2,000 acres of beautiful ‘Capability Brown’ parkland, lakes, fountains and formal gardens.  A miniature train connects the Palace to the Pleasure Gardens, where, amongst a range of fun activities for children, can be found the Marlborough Maze, the Butterfly House, the Lavender Garden and ‘Blenheim Bygones’ exhibition.

A very busy events programme is on offer throughout the year, including jousting tournaments, half-term costumed entertainment, evening concerts and the Palace dressed for Christmas.


Get there: Stagecoach Oxford runs direct bus services (S3) from Oxford's Gloucester Green bus station to Woodstock.It will take about 30 minutes.Please check latest  update at www.stagecoachbus.com.


Bath

Set in the Oxfordshire Cotswold’s, Blenheim Palace is considered to be one of the finest baroque houses in the country, a gift from Queen Anne and a grateful nation to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his famous victory over the French at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704.  Inside the Palace can be found a superb collection of tapestries, paintings, porcelain and furniture in the magnificent State Rooms.

Sir Winston Churchill was born in the Palace in 1874 and a permanent exhibition about him is located next to his birth room – both are included in the Palace tour. He is buried in a simple grave in the nearby church at Bladon. A separate exhibition, ‘Churchills’ Destiny – the story of two great war leaders’, celebrates the achievements of Winston and his great hero and ancestor, John Churchill.

A State-of-the-art visitor experience is open in the heart of the Palace called ‘Blenheim Palace: the Untold Story’, 300 years of exciting tales at Blenheim Palace are brought to life through animatronic figures and innovative film and projection technology, seen through the eyes of the servants.

Surrounding the Palace are over 2,000 acres of beautiful ‘Capability Brown’ parkland, lakes, fountains and formal gardens.  A miniature train connects the Palace to the Pleasure Gardens, where, amongst a range of fun activities for children, can be found the Marlborough Maze, the Butterfly House, the Lavender Garden and ‘Blenheim Bygones’ exhibition.

A very busy events programme is on offer throughout the year, including jousting tournaments, half-term costumed entertainment, evening concerts and the Palace dressed for Christmas.
 

Get there: Stagecoach Oxford runs direct bus services (S3) from Oxford's Gloucester Green bus station to Woodstock.It will take about 30 minutes.Please check latest  update at www.stagecoachbus.com.


Stonehenge

StonehengeThough it looks exactly like you'd imagine from the pictures, nothing compares to seeing it with your own eyes. It is quite extraordinary. Walk slowly around the outer circle while listening to an audio tour describe what you're looking at.

 

Get there: Take a mini-bus tour from Oxford - call 01865 308300.

 

 

 

 

  


Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are a low-rise ridge of limestone hills that straddle the western edge of Oxfordshire and the eastern side of Gloucestershire. The Cotswold area has famous cities, such as Bath, well-known beautiful towns, and hundreds of little villages.

Throughout the area, the buildings were made using the local honey-coloured limestone - on everything from the stone floors in the houses to the tiles on the roofs - giving the area an incredible architectural tone. There are many places to visit in the Cotswolds, and one thing you can be sure of when wandering around the area - whatever villages you may stumble over, are sure to be absolutely stunning.

Get there: Take the #20 bus from the city center to the Blenheim Palace gates (approx. 27 minutes), or drive north from the city center on Woodstock Road, follow signs to Woodstock (10-15 minutes).

   

 

 


London

Getting to London isn't a problem, it's narrowing down what you want to do while you're there! Once in London, the possibilities are endless - Eat! Shop! Sight-see! See a play! Take a cruise on the Thames! Whatever you do, you're sure to have a wonderful time.

Get there: Getting to London from Oxford is easy. There are direct buses and trains that leave frequently. Buses take about 1 1/2 hours during off peak. The buses are run by oxford tube and  oxford express.The train takes about 1 hour.

 

   

 

 

 


 

 Bicester Village

Bicester VillageOnly about a 20-30 minutes drive from Oxford, Bicester Village is a large retail outlet, with everything from designer women's and men's clothing to homewares, shoes, jewellery, and lingerie for up to 60% off! There are places to eat when you need some more energy to keep on shopping.

Get there: Bus - Stagecoach bus numbers 27 and X5 offer a daily service every half hour to Bicester Village from Magdalen Street in Oxford (outside Debenhams). Car - Take the M40 motorway to junction 9. Follow the A41 for 2 miles towards Bicester and continue to follow signs to 'Village Retail Park' and 'Bicester'

 Stagecoach Oxford runs direct bus services (X5) from Oxford's Gloucester Green bus station to both Bicester Village and Bicester Town. It will take about 30 minutes. Please check latest  update at www.stagecoachx5.com.

 


 


 

 Bletchley Park

Wilton Avenue, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK3 6EB 01908 640404. Admission £10. Official Website
 

During World War II the German armed forces top secret codes were broken at Bletchley Park, providing the allies with vital information towards their war effort. The site played host to a diverse group of code breakers, including Alan Turing and Dilly Knox. Among the ciphers that were broken were Enigma and Lorenz. See a real Enigma machine, scores of WWII and Winston Churchill memorabilia.

Get there: Train - Take the train from Oxford to Milton Keynes Central, transfer to Bletchley. The journey should take about 1 1/2 hours. Check timetable here. Car - Take the M40 motorway to junction 10 (A43/B430 exit) to the A43 to the A421 (towards Buckinghamshire). Follow the signs to Bletchley Park. Journey will take about one hour.

  

 

 


 

 Waddesdon Manor

Waddesdon, Near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 OJH. Phone: 01296 653226.

 Admission - Grounds only £4/£2, House and Grounds £11/£8. Open Wednesday - Friday March 23 - December 23 10am - 5pm. Weekends only January - March 23 10am - 5pm. Official Website
 

A magnificent house and grounds in the style of a 16th century French chateau built for the Rothschilds in the late 19th century. The Manor contains a world-renowned collection of French furniture, paintings and decorative arts. The manor is currently owned by the National Trust, and there are 45 rooms on view.

Get there: Bus - Take the Arriva the Shires & Essex #280 bus from Carfax towards Aylesbury. In Aylesbury, take the Arriva the Shires #16/17. The journey should take about 1 3/4 hours. Car - Drive north on Woodstock Road, take the 3rd exit onto the A34, enter next roundabout and take 2nd exit onto Oxford Road. Enter next roundabout and take 3rd exit onto Boundary Way. Enter next roundabout and take 3rd exit onto Aylesbury Road, which becomes A41. Follow signs. By car, the journey should take about 45 minutes.


 

 Broughton Castle

Banbury, Oxfordshire. Phone: 01295 276070. Admission £6/£2.50, or £2.50 for the garden only. Open Wednesdays and Sundays between 1st of May and 11th September, and also Thursdays in July and August. Official Website

This beautiful castle, a location for part of the movie 'Shakespeare in Love', is the home of Lord and Lady Saye and Sele, and has been owned by the same family for over 600 years. It was built in 1300 and 1550 and contains a 3-acre moat, medieval great hall, vaulted passages, arms and armour from the Civil War, beautiful gardens and parks, a tea room and a gift shop.
 

Get there: Car - Drive north on the M40, take the A422 exit, exit number 11, on the left towards A361/Banbury. Enter next roundabout and take 1st exit onto A422. Turn south (left) on the A4260, then West (right) on the B4035 towards Broughton. By car, the journey should take about 45 minutes.

 

 


 

 

 Harcourt Arboretun

 Nuneham Courtenay, Oxfordshire. Phone: 01865 343501.

Adult day ticket: £3.50
Concessionary day ticket: £3.00
Children in full-time education accompanied by their parent or guardian: free
Adult season ticket (valid for 1 year from date of purchase): £12.00
Concessionary season ticket: £10.00

Free parking. Open daily April - November 10am - 5pm, Monday - Friday only during December - March, open 10am - 4:30pm. Closed December 22 - January 3. Official Website

Located just 6 miles south of Oxford in the village of Nuneham Courtenay, the Harcourt Arboretum is an integral part of the plant collection of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden. With 130 acres of ornamental trees, woods and meadow, there is plenty of space to explore and a wide variety of things to see. The Arboretum's colours and atmosphere change with the seasons, from the yellow daffodils and the purple haze of the bluebells in the spring, through to the glorious azaleas and rhododendrons. The summer brings out the flowers in the wildflower meadow, and the rich reds, oranges and golds of the maples provide colour throughout the autumn.

Get there: Car - From the ring road, get off at the A4074 towards Nuneham Courteney (south of the city). The arboretum is on your right, 4 miles from the ring road. Bus - Thames Travel provides regular bus services from Oxford stopping in Nuneham Courtenay. The arboretum is located just 2 minutes walk south of the village. Take buses X39/X40/X41, 105/106 & 115/116 from St. Aldates.

 


  

Waterperry Gardens 

Nr. Wheatley, Oxfordshire, England. OX33 1JZ Phone: 01844 339254.

Open Open everyday except between Christmas and New Year and 13th-16th July 2006: March - October 9:00 - 17:30 (£4.25 / £3), November - February 10:00 - 17:00 (£3.00). Gallery closed on Mondays. Official Website

WaterperryWaterperry Gardens are a magical place where you are surrounded by beautiful trees, shrubs and flowers, classical borders, modern planting, secret corners and long vistas. There is also a Tea Shop, Garden Shop, Gallery, and Museum.

Get there: follow directions for A40 East - London. On the A40 take the third exit, 2 miles after passing the Thornhill Park and Ride, signposted for Wheatley and Waterperry Gardens follow the brown signs.

 

 

 


  

KelmScott Manor 

Lechlade, Glos. GL7 3HJ Phone: 01367 252486.

From April 4th - September 28th the house and garden are open every Wednesday from 11.00am - 5.00pm and eight Saturdays from 2.00pm - 5.00pm (April 21, May 19, June 16, July 7 & 21, August 4 & 18, September 15). (£8.50 / £4.25) The gardens are also open Thursdays, June to September, 2-5pm (£2.00 for garden only). Official Website

Kelmscott ManorKelmscott Manor was William Morris's summer home. The Grade 1-listed Tudor farmhouse was built in 1570 next to the River Thames on the edge of the village of Kelmscott. It contains work by Morris and his associates, including furniture, textiles, carpets and ceramics.

Get there: Leave Oxford via Woodstock Road. At the Wolvercote Roundabout, turn left onto the A40 towards Witney. At Witney take A4095 to Faringdon. The Kelmscott turning is signposted on the right, after the village of Clanfield. Follow the signs to Kelmscott and Kelmscott Manor.

   


 

Buscot Park & The Faringdon Collection

Faringdon, SN7 8BU Phone: 08453 453 387.

From April - September. Check the website for opening days. House & Grounds £7.00 / Grounds only £5.00. Opening times: 2pm - 6pm. Tea Room open on House open days, from 2.30 to 5.30pm. Official Website

Buscot ParkBuscot Park is home to the Faringdon Collection, an extraordinary array of paintings, furniture and objets d'art which includes paintings by Rembrandt, Reynolds, Rubens, van Dyck and Murillo, and a small but important collection of drawings.
 

Get there: Buscot Park lies between the small towns of Lechlade and Faringdon, on the A417. The nearest rail station is at Swindon (10 miles away)

 


  

Stowe Landscape Gardens

Buckingham, Buckinghamshire MK18 5EH Phone: 01280 822850.

Gardens, Tea room, and Shop closed Mondays and Tuesdays all year round, and Wednesdays through Fridays from 10 Nov - 24 Feb (parkland open every day from dawn til dusk). Official Website

Stowe Landscape GardensA beautiful creation of the 18th century, Stowe is one of Europe's most influential landscape gardens. Hidden amongst spectacular vistas and vast open spaces are magical secret corners, hidden meanings and over 40 monuments and temples. Visitors can also take a tour of Stowe House or explore the 300 hectares (750 acres) of surrounding historic parkland, including the newly restored 100-hectare (250-acre) Deer Park. Stowe is the perfect setting for a family picnic or for those seeking peace and tranquillity, with walks and trails for all to enjoy.

Get there: 3 miles northwest of Buckingham via Stowe Avenue, off A422 Buckingham–Banbury road. Motorway access from M40 (exits 9 to 11) and M1 (exits 13 or 15a). Approximately 30 minutes from Oxford.